Sports | May 28, 2019 9:54 am

Boston Bruins Player’s Helmet-less Highlight May Be Last One You’ll See

The NHL is looking to eliminate shifts like Torey Krug had last night

Torey Krug rocks St. Louis Blues winger Robert Thomas. (Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty)
Torey Krug rocks St. Louis Blues winger Robert Thomas. (Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty)
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If NHL general managers have their way, helmet-less hits like the one Torey Krug delivered on Rob Thomas during Boston’s 4-2 comeback win over St. Louis on Monday night will be eliminated from hockey. After having his helmet ripped from his head by Blues winger David Perron, Krug skated down the ice and energized the crowd and his teammates with an open-ice body check on Thomas of St. Louis.

If the proposal which the NHL Board of Governors has yet to vote on goes into effect, players who lose their helmet during a course of a shift would be required to go to the bench immediately. Were that to happen, helmet-less highlights like the one Krug provided during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final would go the way of the dodo.

“I’m sure my coach and my GM were hoping that I would just get off the ice at that point,” Krug said. “But that’s hockey.”

The rule, which is meant to protect against head injuries, has already been instituted in the American Hockey League.

Afterward, Krug talked about the play, giving a very simple response when told of the rule change which would require players go to the bench.

“Then I’ll go to the bench,” he said.

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